Christiane Löhr: Untitled 2008/2006, oil pastel on handmade paper
© (Christiane Löhr) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010
Photos: Wolfgang Burat
The exhibition Linie Line Linea presents a broad range of single works or groups of works by twenty artists living and working in Germany who all place the art of drawing at the centre of their work. This exhibition makes no claims as to any national characteristics of the genre, but intends instead to highlight the continuing relevance and diversity of the drawing in contemporary art.
In contemporary art, divisions and hierarchies of genres and media have lost much of their meaning. Like so many forms of art, the drawing has considerably expanded its repertoire. But it does not need to merge with painting, photography, film or installations in order to assert its independence vis à vis these ostensibly more spectacular genres. The drawing is a medium of freedom that can express the most complex ideas specifically by concentrating on its own highly economical means – the pen, the line and a piece of paper.
The art of drawing ranges from a single stroke to a universal system, from subjective experience to everyday culture, from the conceptual to the journalistic, from an exploration of the self to the invention of new worlds. The drawing is one of the most exciting fields in contemporary art – not as a fragile genre in the graphic arts collections of museums, but as a democratic and committed, private and public form of expression. The artists represented in this exhibition take a confident and diverse approach to the art of drawing and its capacity to transform our perception of ourselves and of reality.
The drawing is the oldest and most basic form of artistic expression and a global visual idiom that facilitates communication across borders and cultures. There is no culture without drawing, and every culture has its own vocabulary of signs. This exhibition conducts this dialogue anew at each location, encouraging visitors to explore points of difference and convergence with the art of drawing and with the signs of their own cultures.